Russia pretty nice if you are culturally conservative

When London had 627,727 CCTV cameras in 2020, and Moscow had 193,000, and when Sydney at the same time had 60,000 surveillance cams compared to 55,064 in St. Petersburg, why should a cultural conservative not prefer to live in a state where the government defends Christianity and white people?

Surveillance camera statistics: which cities have the most CCTV cameras?

Russia Warns of Anti-White ‘Aggression’ in U.S.

Russia is the only state in the West that openly defends both orthodox Christianity and white people. So if you are a Westerner only concerned about cultural conservatism then it’s just 2+2=4 that Russia is now the best place to live, next to any heartland state in the US with a government openly saying the same. I’m basically a Jeffersonian republican, and will therefore always prefer a real constitutional democracy to any authoritarian regime, so Russia will all in all be the second best country in my opinion, but that’s pretty good.

Also reason to support Russia’s apparent willingness to destroy the neoliberal corporatist world order. Foreign Affairs:

“A RAND report cleverly refutes the Trump administration’s lumping together of Russia and China: “Russia Is a Rogue, Not a Peer; China Is a Peer, Not a Rogue.” A former Chinese diplomat stationed in Russia, Shi Ze, summed up the difference between Moscow and Beijing this way: “China and Russia have different attitudes. Russia wants to break the current international order….Russia thinks it is the victim of the current international system, in which its economy and its society do not develop. But China benefits from the current international system. We want to improve and modify it, not to break it.””

Not that I’m ethically biased in favor of Russia. Will never deny or downplay documented facts and (relatively) undoubtable arguments which reveal Kremlin’s abuse of power, in Chechnya for example. The Guardian:

Rights groups in Russia condemn Moscow’s role in Syria war crimes

But the US and Western European countries have also been involved in so many wars and crimes (torture etc) the last decades that in the Cold War 2 between empires I see little reason to pick on Russia in particular. Instead I think like this:

The leaders in the West during the first Cold War gave average citizens good living conditions, liberty and privacy, to prevent that the Soviet Union and other Communist regimes might become a popular alternative to capitalism in the West. Today we see that a libertine woke surveillance elite is arrogantly ignoring moderate cultural conservatives in Western states. It’s time to give this libertine mono-culture of “diversity and inclusion” some real competition. Nationalists, patriots and all cultural conservatives in the West should therefore support Russia, at least just as a form of protest, to spite the neoliberal globalists.

For example, if I’m ever forced to take a vaccine, I’ll take one made in Russia. Very generally speaking, the Russians have enough expertise in that field to make good enough vaccines.

A regime that allows an independent newspaper like The Moscow Times to operate within its borders is decent enough, relatively speaking of course, cf what John Rawls wrote about decent authoritarian regimes in his book The Law of Peoples.

And if you are against what Russia is doing in Ukraine study how NATO broke its promises to Russia after the first Cold War:

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

“Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner” (…)

“Not once, but three times, Baker tried out the “not one inch eastward” formula with Gorbachev in the February 9, 1990, meeting. He agreed with Gorbachev’s statement in response to the assurances that “NATO expansion is unacceptable.””

To see the full background read No Place for Russia by William Hill (Columbia University Press, 2018), and The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.

Regarding Crimea I’m a political realist, a bit like John Mearsheimer at the University of Chicago. Foreign Affairs:

Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault

I supported NATO during the first Cold War because I’m against communism. Russia is now a Christian state, so I don’t support a libertine, woke, multicultural, neoliberal, corporatist and globalist NATO in Cold War 2. That’s not the old NATO.

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